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Posted: Saturday, October 3, 2009 3:38 pm | Updated: 1:11 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A guide to this week's movie releases from a family perspective:

“Bright Star”

Rated: PG.

Suitable for: Teens and above.

What you should know: Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish star in this love story about John Keats and his neighbor, Fanny Brawne, set in the years before the poet’s death at age 25 in 1821.

Language: Nothing objectionable.

Sexual situations and nudity: Kisses are exchanged, and a woman becomes pregnant out of wedlock.

Violence/scary situations: Two young men, sick with tuberculosis, die off-screen. There is a quick shot of bloody linens and talk about bloody coughs. A character is overcome with grief upon learning a loved one has died. Men almost come to blows over a woman.

Drug or alcohol use: Adults are shown with drinks at parties or dinners, but it’s all very tame.

“The Invention of Lying”

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Teens and older.

What you should know: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner and Rob Lowe star in this movie set in a world where lying doesn’t exist until Gervais’ character somehow tells a lie and cannot return to strictly truth-telling. It builds to lots of talk about God and life after death, handled in a generally droll manner.

Language: One use of the f-word and a couple of other objectionable words, including a gay slur.

Sexual situations and nudity: Talk about masturbation and sex.

Violence/scary situations: An elderly woman dies.

Drug or alcohol use: Adults drink, on one occasion to excess.

“Whip It”

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Teens and older.

What you should know: Seventeen-year-old Bliss (Ellen Page) is a small-town Texan who goes along with her mom’s beauty-pageant dreams while secretly following her own dream of skating to roller-derby stardom.

Language: A couple of uses of profanity, several uses of the s-word and milder expletives.

Sexual situations and nudity: A teen-age girl is seen in her underwear. A young couple kiss and cuddle in a swimming pool. A girl admits to her mother that she’s had sex.

Violence/scary situations: The potential violence of roller derby is mostly toned down, although elbows are thrown and skaters take hard falls. One skater gets a bloody nose and we see a couple of ugly bruises. A girl pushes her taunter off a railing and slaps her neglectful boyfriend.

Drug or alcohol use: A woman briefly mistakes bongs for vases in a shop. Adults drink, alone and at a party. A teen-ager has a swig of beer with her father, and another teen is arrested for underage drinking.


Rated: PG.

Suitable for: Tweens and up.

What you should know: This is a reinvention of the 1980 musical about students at a New York performing-arts high school. It follows a dozen or so teens from auditions through graduation.

Language: Brief profanity and less than a dozen mild expletives.

Sexual situations and nudity: Kisses are exchanged, and a young man tries to take advantage of a young woman, but she calls a halt to it quickly.

Violence/scary situations: There is a failed suicide attempt and reference to a student’s younger sister who was shot and killed.

Drug or alcohol use: A girl gets drunk for the first time, partygoers mention doing shots and adults briefly are shown with wine or other drinks.


Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature high-school students and up.

What you should know: Hugh Dancy plays an adult with Asperger’s syndrome who loses his father and job but finds possible romance with a new neighbor, played by Rose Byrne.

Language: Two f-words, one use of “Jesus” and a couple of other mild expletives.

Sexual situations and nudity: Characters talk about sex, kiss and are shown in bed, but it’s tame. A reference is made to an affair.

Violence/scary situations: The movie opens with a funeral, a character bangs his head into a mirror and reacts with anger to some disappointing news.

Drug or alcohol use: Adults drink wine or other alcoholic drinks.

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